Notice of 2010 National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, 54590-54591 [2010-22243]

Download as PDF 54590 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 173 / Wednesday, September 8, 2010 / Notices and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. ∑ Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0011, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS2010-0011. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at (https://www.aphis.usda.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Albert P. Morgan, Section Leader, Operational Support Section, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, Riverdale, MD 207371231; phone (301) 734-8245, fax (301) 734-4314. For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well as the risk analysis with confidential business information removed), contact Dr. Patricia L. Foley, Risk Manager, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337-6100, fax (515) 3377397. Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 151 et seq.), a veterinary biological product must be shown to be pure, safe, potent, and efficacious before a veterinary biological product license may be issued. A field test is generally necessary to satisfy prelicensing requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to conducting a field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must obtain approval from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as well as obtain APHIS’ authorization to ship the product for field testing. To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, APHIS conducted a risk analysis to assess the jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Sep 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 potential effects of this product on the safety of animals, public health, and the environment. Based on the risk analysis, APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) concerning the field testing of the following unlicensed veterinary biological product: Requester: Per-Os USA Inc. under contract with GenVec, Inc. Product: Foot-and-mouth disease vaccine, live adenovirus vector. Field Test Locations: Nebraska, Missouri, and Michigan. The above-mentioned product consists of a live recombinant adenovirus vector expressing certain foot-and-mouth disease virus proteins. The vaccine is for use in cattle at 12 weeks of age or older, as an aid in the prevention of clinical signs of disease caused by foot-and-mouth disease virus. The EA has been prepared in accordance with: (1) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provision of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS’ NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Unless substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are raised in response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close of the comment period for this notice. Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a license are identical, APHIS has concluded that the EA that is generated for field testing would also be applicable to the proposed licensing action. Provided that the field test data support the conclusions of the original EA and the issuance of a FONSI, APHIS does not intend to issue a separate EA and FONSI to support the issuance of the product license, and would determine that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. APHIS intends to issue a veterinary biological product license for this vaccine following completion of the field test provided no adverse impacts on the human environment are identified and provided the product meets all other requirements for licensing. Authority: 21 U.S.C. 151-159. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done in Washington, DC, this 1st day of September 2010. Gregory L. Parham Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2010–22365 Filed 9–7–10: 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–10–0066; NOP–10–07] Notice of 2010 National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability. Inviting Applications for the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. AGENCY: This Notice invites all States of the United States of America, its territories, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (collectively hereinafter called States) to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of National Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $22.0 million for this organic certification cost-share program commencing in Fiscal Year 2008, and these funds will be annually allocated to States through cooperative agreements until exhausted. Funds are available under this program to States interested in providing cost-share assistance to organic producers and handlers certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). States interested in obtaining cost-share funds must submit an Application for Federal Assistance and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds. DATES: Completed applications for Federal assistance along with signed cooperative agreements must be received by September 24, 2010. ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal assistance and cooperative agreements shall be submitted to: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2640-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. Additional information can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the National Organic Program’s homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 173 / Wednesday, September 8, 2010 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2646-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This National Organic Certification CostShare Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 6523, as amended by section 10301 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Act). The Act authorizes the Department to provide certification cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of organic agricultural products in all States. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the AMS has allocated $22 million for this program to be distributed through cooperative agreements to interested States, until such funding has been exhausted. The Program provides financial assistance to organic producers and handlers certified to the NOP. The NOP is authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). To participate in the program, interested States, through their State Department of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. State Department of Agriculture refers to agencies, commissions, or departments of State government responsible for implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within their State. The program will provide costshare assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. Under the Act, cost-share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers must submit an application to the representative Agency of the State in which their farm/operation is located. This application must include: (1) Proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, and; (2) an itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification. Costs incurred for noncertification activities, such as, membership associations or farm/ operation inputs are not eligible for assistance through this program. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Sep 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 However, for producers in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming cost-share funding is available to these states, through their State Department of Agriculture, under the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program authorized under Section 1524 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1501–1524). As provided in a notice of Funds Availability published in the Federal Register completed applications for the AMA Federal assistance program, along with signed cooperative agreements must be received by close of business, September 24, 2010. Information on the AMA program can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the NOP’s homepage at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. How to Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide costshare assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. AMS encourages interested States to submit the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants Web site, https:// www.grants.gov. Applications submitted electronically via Grants.gov must be filed by September 24, 2010. A hardcopy of Standard Form 424 bearing an original signature is not required when applying through https:// www.grants.gov. However, the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received at the above address by September 24, 2010. States considering submitting electronic application forms should become familiar with the Grants.gov Web site and begin the application process well in advance of the application deadline. For information on how to apply electronically, please consult https:// www.grants.gov/GetRegistered. State Agencies submitting hard copy applications should submit a signed copy of Standard Form 424 and a signed copy of the cooperative agreement the application package to AMS at the address listed above. The Standard Form 424 and the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54591 assistance. Hard copy applications should be sent only via express mail or courier service and must be received at the above address by September 24, 2010. The National Organic Certification Cost-share Program is listed in the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ under number 10.163 and subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in all Federallyassisted programs. Additional information on the National Organic Certification Cost-share Program can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the NOP’s homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6523. Dated: September 1, 2010. Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2010–22243 Filed 9–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–10–0065; NOP–10–06] Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability. Inviting Applications for the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. AGENCY: This Notice invites the following eligible States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the Allocation of Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2010. Funds are available under this program to 16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for their organic producers will have to submit an Application for Federal SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-10-0066; NOP-10-07]


Notice of 2010 National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability. Inviting Applications for the 
National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program.

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SUMMARY: This Notice invites all States of the United States of 
America, its territories, the District of Columbia, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (collectively hereinafter called States) 
to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), 
and to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural 
Marketing Service (AMS) for the allocation of National Organic 
Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $22.0 million for 
this organic certification cost-share program commencing in Fiscal Year 
2008, and these funds will be annually allocated to States through 
cooperative agreements until exhausted. Funds are available under this 
program to States interested in providing cost-share assistance to 
organic producers and handlers certified under the National Organic 
Program (NOP). States interested in obtaining cost-share funds must 
submit an Application for Federal Assistance and enter into a 
cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds.

DATES: Completed applications for Federal assistance along with signed 
cooperative agreements must be received by September 24, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal assistance and cooperative 
agreements shall be submitted to: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management 
Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2640-South, Ag 
Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0268; 
Telephone: (202) 720-3252. Additional information can be found under 
``Organic Cost Share Program'' on the National Organic Program's 
homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management 
Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2646-South, Ag 
Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0268; 
Telephone: (202) 720-3252.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This National Organic Certification Cost-
Share Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 6523, as amended by section 
10301 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Act). The Act 
authorizes the Department to provide certification cost-share 
assistance to producers and handlers of organic agricultural products 
in all States. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the AMS has allocated $22 
million for this program to be distributed through cooperative 
agreements to interested States, until such funding has been exhausted. 
The Program provides financial assistance to organic producers and 
handlers certified to the NOP. The NOP is authorized under the Organic 
Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.).
    To participate in the program, interested States, through their 
State Department of Agriculture, must complete an Application for 
Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written 
cooperative agreement with AMS. State Department of Agriculture refers 
to agencies, commissions, or departments of State government 
responsible for implementing regulation, policy or programs on 
agriculture within their State. The program will provide cost-share 
assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and 
handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a 
USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010, through 
September 30, 2011. Under the Act, cost-share assistance payments are 
limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's or handler's 
certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year.
    To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers 
must submit an application to the representative Agency of the State in 
which their farm/operation is located. This application must include: 
(1) Proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-
share qualifying period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, 
and; (2) an itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP 
certification. Costs incurred for non-certification activities, such 
as, membership associations or farm/operation inputs are not eligible 
for assistance through this program.
    However, for producers in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, 
Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New 
Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West 
Virginia, and Wyoming cost-share funding is available to these states, 
through their State Department of Agriculture, under the Agricultural 
Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program 
authorized under Section 1524 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, as 
amended (7 U.S.C. 1501-1524). As provided in a notice of Funds 
Availability published in the Federal Register completed applications 
for the AMA Federal assistance program, along with signed cooperative 
agreements must be received by close of business, September 24, 2010. 
Information on the AMA program can be found under ``Organic Cost Share 
Program'' on the NOP's homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.
    How to Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide 
cost-share assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete 
an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter 
into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. AMS encourages 
interested States to submit the Application for Federal Assistance 
(Standard Form 424), electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants 
Web site, https://www.grants.gov. Applications submitted electronically 
via Grants.gov must be filed by September 24, 2010. A hardcopy of 
Standard Form 424 bearing an original signature is not required when 
applying through https://www.grants.gov. However, the cooperative 
agreement must have the original signature of the official who has 
authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative 
agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received 
at the above address by September 24, 2010. States considering 
submitting electronic application forms should become familiar with the 
Grants.gov Web site and begin the application process well in advance 
of the application deadline. For information on how to apply 
electronically, please consult https://www.grants.gov/GetRegistered.
    State Agencies submitting hard copy applications should submit a 
signed copy of Standard Form 424 and a signed copy of the cooperative 
agreement the application package to AMS at the address listed above. 
The Standard Form 424 and the cooperative agreement must have the 
original signature of the official who has authority to apply for 
Federal assistance. Hard copy applications should be sent only via 
express mail or courier service and must be received at the above 
address by September 24, 2010.
    The National Organic Certification Cost-share Program is listed in 
the ``Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance'' under number 10.163 and 
subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964, which bars discrimination in all Federally-assisted programs. 
Additional information on the National Organic Certification Cost-share 
Program can be found under ``Organic Cost Share Program'' on the NOP's 
homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 6523.

    Dated: September 1, 2010.
Rayne Pegg,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-22243 Filed 9-7-10; 8:45 am]
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